Quantcast

Mite bite outbreak in the four states - KOAM TV 7

Mite bite outbreak in the four states

Updated:
CRAWFORD COUNTY, KANSAS -

Crawford county was the first place itch mites broke out in 2004, and, they're back again this year. Fifteen counties throughout Kansas and Missouri have been hit.

"We had the environment for them to grow this year, we had the cooler weather, we had the moisture, just like we had in 2004, so we think that's a key factor in their resurgence," Crawford County Health officer Janis Goedeke said.

The mites may disguise themselves as other ailments like bed bugs, and some kids are being told to stay home in case they're chicken pox.

"I thought they were fleas from like the animal shelter because I go there and play with the dogs and cats," Dillon Stiles of Pittsburg said. 

"At first I was afraid they were bed bugs. I know my parents had been here during family day and heckling me to wash my sheets," Carson Scott, Stiles' roommate chimed in.

The health department says rest assured, they are likely neither.

"These little bugs you cannot see and you can't feel them bite you, and you might wake up with bites all over you and you might get the impression you have bed bugs. And that's certainly probably not the case," Goedeke said.

The bites are small in size and range from a light pink to a red color. They fall from pin oak trees.

"It's just like an itchy bump with a nasty thing in the middle. They don't really hurt they're just more irritating than anything and distracting," Scott said.

"I just woke up and then I had a few here, and the longer I was awake, the more I started to itch. Five minutes after I woke up or so, I got itchy," Stiles said.

They will die off after the first frost. Until then, close the windows to your house and do not hang your clothes on a clothesline outdoors.

"Bug repellant does not seem to work well for them, you cannot spray your trees because they're in the gall so spraying for them is not effective. So the only relief you can have is maybe an oral anti-histamine that's over the counter, or some anti-itch cream that you'll find over the counter as well," Goedeke said.

he last outbreak in 2004, area drugstores ran out of cortisone cream and Benadryl. Goedeke says above all, do not rake your leaves this fall or it will stir them up more. 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • LaTurner Files for Full 4 Year Term

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:24:31 GMT
    Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner has filed for a full four year term. LaTurner, the youngest statewide official in the nation at 30-years-old, says it has been is honor to serve Kansans in the position for the past year. LaTurner says "I will continue to work hard every single day to build upon our record of success.” In a press release LaTurner representatives say the Treasurer has returned $24.6 million in unclaimed property, and was instrumental in rolling out...More >>
    Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner has filed for a full four year term. LaTurner, the youngest statewide official in the nation at 30-years-old, says it has been is honor to serve Kansans in the position for the past year. LaTurner says "I will continue to work hard every single day to build upon our record of success.” In a press release LaTurner representatives say the Treasurer has returned $24.6 million in unclaimed property, and was instrumental in rolling out...More >>
  • Crews Battle Vehicle Fire On Highway 69

    Crews Battle Vehicle Fire On Highway 69

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:18:29 GMT
    The Cherokee Township, Weir, and Galena Fire Departments fought a vehicle fire today (May 25) around 7:30 p.m. on Highway 69 near Highway 103. According to authorities a truck was heading south on 69 Highway when the vehicle started smoking. The truck was then completely engulfed by flames. The driver managed to escape the vehicle without any serious injury. Crews had the fire put out by 8:00 p.m. No word yet on what caused the truck to catch on fire.More >>
    The Cherokee Township, Weir, and Galena Fire Departments fought a vehicle fire today (May 25) around 7:30 p.m. on Highway 69 near Highway 103. According to authorities a truck was heading south on 69 Highway when the vehicle started smoking. The truck was then completely engulfed by flames. The driver managed to escape the vehicle without any serious injury. Crews had the fire put out by 8:00 p.m. No word yet on what caused the truck to catch on fire.More >>
  • Iola Claims State Baseball Title

    Iola Claims State Baseball Title

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:18:06 GMT

    The Iola Mustangs topped Bishop Ward 11-6 Friday night to win the 4A-DII state baseball championship.

    More >>

    The Iola Mustangs topped Bishop Ward 11-6 Friday night to win the 4A-DII state baseball championship.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.